Marking the Herd

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This 1686 court record features sketches of cattle ear marks from the early colonial Delaware period. Earmarks were used to identify an owner’s cattle.

Marking the Herd

Not only were ear marks used to identify cattle, but also the hogs belonging to each person. During the 17th and 18th century, it was a common practice for farmers to let their animals roam and forage for food. It was important that they were properly marked to identify them to their owner.

This document is found in the Kent County Court Record of Kent County Levy Court. Included in this collection are the proceedings of regular and special meetings of the Levy Court concerning the appointments of county officials, road and bridge construction and maintenance, general expenses and the levying of taxes.